Microsoft Points To Security Controls In Addressing Google Exodus Rumor

We actually wondered what Microsoft would say if they got wind of Google's plans to phase out Windows machines in favor of Linux and OS X alternatives, and it looks like our wish has been granted. Microsoft recently published a response the rumor (which has still not been confirmed by Google), and the whole thing feels like Microsoft trying to cut this off before it blows up into something big. Addressing a rumor that has yet to be confirmed is a pretty big move, and naturally the focus is on security.

The company points to a number of reports on Microsoft's great security efforts, presumably in an effort to "set the record straight." Basically, the post links to a number of reports where hackers admit that Windows security has been enhanced, and one where the topic of Macs being attacked by high-risk malware is happening more and more often. Of course, this all just sounds like damage control to us. There's no begging or pleading for Google to stick with Microsoft, and there's no bashing of Google at all. There's not even an outright mention that Google is the one being pointed at, but when you start the post of with a line like "whether or not one particular company is reducing its use of Windows," you know exactly who is who.

Here's a list of pointers from Microsoft on why their security is top-notch, but honestly, we're still waiting to hear if any other companies are following the lead of Google. It's easy to point out the positives in order to make light of such a massive decision, but keeping it all together during a mass exodus would be another story entirely. Something tells us the company's grip on the enterprise won't be loosened any day soon though.

Here are some examples of the things we are focused on to help make our customers more secure:
  • We ship software and security updates to our customers as soon as possible through Windows Update and Microsoft Update to keep our customers safe.
  • We highly recommend our customers enable Automatic Update to ensure they are protected from attacks.
  • With Windows 7, we added improvements to BitLocker for disc encryption (we also introduced BitLocker-to-Go for external USB devices), and added enhancements to the built in Windows Firewall for better protection.
  • Windows 7 has Parental Controls built in that can be combined with Windows Live Family Safety to create a safer experience on the PC for children.
  • Windows 7 comes with Internet Explorer 8 which includes SmartScreen Filter which has proven its success time and time again.
  • And Windows 7 also uses Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) as well by randomizing data in memory.